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Airspace crackdown - CAA on alert!

The CAA has announced that serious airspace infringements at six of the highest-risk controlled airspace (CAS) locations in the UK should be cut by 50 percent over the next 12 months.

The hot-spots identified are Birmingham, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Southampton and Stansted. Working Teams at each location have agreed the targets and are committed to delivering the reductions, by improving existing procedures, by December 2015.

Should any of these targets not be met, options under consideration include the deployment of bespoke Surveillance Mandatory Zones (SMZ) to provide a conspicuity buffer around the Class D airspace of a hot-spot.

This could mandate the use of radios and/or transponders within that area and thus render it effectively closed to free fliers. Other potential solutions include rationalising airspace boundaries.

Through our self-policing inherent in the XC Leagues we (and the BGA) are the lowest source of infringements. Nevertheless it would be disastrous if one of our pilots were to be the tipping point that resulted in fresh CAS, particularly as we would be the ones most impacted by it.

(Posted by the BHPA on 18 August 2015)

Skywalk RANGE X-ALPS is available!

The harness of the Red Bull X-Alps 2015 is now available!

The RANGE X-ALPS was the most sought after harness of the Red Bull X-Alps 2015. Skywalk listened to the feedback of their team pilots and present the RANGE X-ALPS in a limited edition to the market with many small improvements for ambitious hike&fly pilots. 

The serial version of the original Red Bull X-Alps 2015 harness weights exactly 960 grams (excluding carabiners, protector, cockpit). With the optional LTF tested foam protector (380g), the total weight tops out at just over 1.3 kg. The RANGE X-ALPS is available in two sizes, both with LTF certification. 

More info: Skywalk RANGE X-ALPS

Advance LIGHTNESS 2 line kit

Some Advance LIGHTNESS 2 pilots have reported excessive wear of the lower speedbag lines. This wear occurs at the stainless steel line guide attached to the footboard. These lines encounter unexpected forces and friction. Dirt, sand and grit also appear to contribute. Advance offer a free retrofit kit which does away with the stainless steel fitting. 

Please check your LIGHTNESS 2 for excessive line wear. Should the lower speedbag lines look chafed, we recommend that you fit the retrofit kit. You can easily do this yourself. The retrofit kit can be obtained free of charge.

Contact Advance or your dealer.

Read the full safety note on the Advance website here >

More info on the Advance Lightness 2 >

Advance OMEGA XALPS orders & test flights

Following its double X-Alps success, production for the new lightweight high performer has begun. Following feedback from the race, small improvements to the design have been made to increase performance, damping and sink rate.

First deliveries are expected at the end of September.

You can order the OMEGA XALPS through Flybubble, or arrange a test flight, using the contact form on the Contact Us page of our website.

Order OMEGA XALPS from Flybubble here.

See OMEGA XALPS info here.

British Paragliding Cup winnners!

Congratulations to the pilots who placed well in the final round of the British Paragliding Cup! The Top 10 received a Flybubble gift voucher for use on http://shop.flybubble.com/

1 - David Thomson
2 - Chris Blanchard
3 - Tony Blacker
4 - Alan Ford
5 - Anthony Moore
6 - Simon Blake
7 - Carl Foster
8 - Adam Ladd
9 - John Murphy
10 - Brad Nicholas

For more about the event see the BPCup website

For the latest news and images see the BPCup facebook group  

(Pictured, Carl Foster)

Powered Paragliding Bible 4 in stock!

The new 4th edition of the Powered Paragliding Bible is now in stock.

The authoritative source on powered paragliding encompasses everything from first sight to first flight. It combines knowledge from top pilots and leading instructors.

Available now for £26.95 

Get Powered Paragliding Bible 4 >

A few copies of the previous edition are available at a reduced price.

Niviuk Artik 4 - great XC wing, demos available!

We've been flying Niviuk's Artik 4 extensively over the past few months, in all sorts of conditions, and are more than happy to recommend it as one of the best all-round XC wings available. It has enough performance to fly +200 km flights in the UK (tried and tested: 212 km, 213 km), yet is remarkably comfortable and easy to fly for an EN C wing. It is agile enough to work small areas of lift, yet turns flat and has an excellent sink rate (often out-climbing most other wings, including hotter ships). It looks stunning too!

We currently have Artik 4 demos available in sizes 23 (60-80kg) and 25 (75-95 kg) and can of course arrange demos for all sizes.

Niviuk Artik 4 info here

Arrange a test flight here

Safety Notice: Gin Combi Container

A few handles have been found to have insufficient stitching which could result in the handle tearing during use, so Gin Gliders are recalling the entire production batch to ensure that the safety of pilots is guaranteed. If you bought one from us after June 2014, contact us for a replacement rescue handle (free of charge).

Read the full safety notice >

More info on the Gin Combi Container >

New features for Syride SYS'Nav V3

There's new firmware available for the SYS'Nav V3 which includes a great new feature: the Transition Assistant! It's a unique innovation. 

Thanks to the worldwide topography data contained within the SYS'Nav, this feature displays a cross section of the topography 10 km in front of you and plots your expected glide path through the air to calculate your anticipated landing spot. A great help for transitions! You can now see in an instant if your transition will be successful or not. (This feature is available in "Floor Height" items in the SSC Tool.)

Syride have also added a Thermal Core feature that helps you to get the most out of the lift.

To upgrade your firmware, simply connect your SYS'Nav V3 to your PC and run the SYS'PC program (it usually autostarts).

Find out more about the SYS'Nav V3 >

sys'nav v3 new features

New paramotor helmet from Icaro: Solar X

The new Solar X replaces Icaro's very popular Fly UL paramotor helmet. It has the same shape as the Nerv freeflight helmet, expressly modified for paramotor pilots.

As used by Andree Borschberg with Icaro ICE headsets whilst flying the Solar Impulse 2 from Japan to Hawaii! Solar Impulse is the only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel. Icaro is proud to contribute to this incredible mission. The two famous pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg wore our helmets with our ICE headsets. In honour of this exploit we call this new helmet Solar X. More »

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